What is the Vatican Secret Archives and what does it preserve inside its huge deposits?
What does it do and who works there? This is a fascinating journey of discovery inside one of the most important centres of research in the world, through the most inaccessible of its rooms, among some of the most intriguing documents in the history of Europe and the world - documents that have come to the Pope’s archives from all 5 continents over the course of 12 centuries.
It’s a treasure-chest of priceless artefacts: papal bulls and imperial diplomas, precious manuscripts in miniature, letters written on unusual materials or containing magnificent golden seals of every shape and size, trial records, title deeds, and chancellery formularies.
This vast patrimony is the image and reflection of the Church’s mission in history.